The Orphan Train Movement sent an estimated quarter million children from New York City to the Midwest and the South from 1854 to 1929, with up to 50,000 of them coming to Missouri. One of those children was a five-year-old boy named Joseph Aner, who was placed with the Markway family just outside Jefferson City. As Joseph grew up, he wondered who his mother was, and how she could have left him at an orphanage.
More than a century later, Joseph’s grandchildren had the same questions.
Through DNA testing, genealogy, and historical documents and newspapers, the boy’s grandson, Greg Markway, found the answers and reunited a family. Along the way, Greg discovered how historical events and culture shaped the family’s direction.